Salted Vegetable with Tomato Soup

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Love tomatoes? Here’s an easy, nutritious soup that you could have ready in a couple of hours.

This is a tangy soup that is sour, salty, with just a hint of sweetness, which makes for a delightfully flavourful dish, and extremely appetising! It is a perfect accompaniment to any meal you have on your table.  
The saltiness of the green mustard and pickled plums is nicely balanced by the sweet-sour flavour of the tomatoes, while the tartness of the latter is offset by the sweetness of the carrot. I love throwing tofu into this dish for the healthy protein source it provides.

Compared to other Chinese soups, which require considerably longer times for double-boiling or stewing, you can have this ready in 1 1/2 to 2 hours cooked in a pot over the stove.




300 gm Pork Ribs or Meat

3 – 4 Tomatoes, quartered
1 Carrot, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 leaf of Salted Mustard Green,
   soaked in water for 15 minutes, and sliced into smaller sections
3 Salted (Pickled) Plums
1 pack of Soft Tofu, cubed
Chicken Stock or Water
Pepper, to taste


1.  Fill a saucepan or small pot with water and bring to a boil.  Put in pork ribs or meat and blanch for a minute or so to remove impurities. Discard the water and wash the meat clear of all scum.

2.  Put all the ingredients, except tofu, into a pot. Pour in chicken stock or water until just enough to immerse all the ingredients. Bring all the ingredients in stock or water to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat is tender. Add tofu cubes and let soup gently simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes before dishing out.

3.  When serving, scoop a little of each ingredient into individual serving bowls and fill with soup. Alternatively, you may scoop all the ingredients into a large soup dish and fill with soup. Serve hot.

Note:  If you like your soup less salty, soak salted mustard green for a longer time in water, or use less salted plums.


  1. Hi Selene, thank you so much for sharing! Happy to hear how you and hubby enjoy this soup! Keep your feedback coming whenever you try stuff here, I love hearing from you! Have a good week ahead! ??

  2. Hi Celia, i love having this tangy soup during the hot humid days! I cooked it twice and it helps perk up our appetites….my hubby happily gulped down the soup mixed with rice, like teochew muay, and asked for more servings while ignoring the other dishes…lol

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